Bilingual Legal Advocate

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Starting at $36,000 commensurate with experience

Published

08/30/2018

Application Deadline

09/14/2018

Address

7 Winthrop Square
Floor 2
Boston
Massachusetts
02110
United States

Description

DAYS/HOURS: Mon – Fri, 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM

REPORTS TO: Chris Neighbours, Supervisor

UNIT: Eastern Region Legal Intake (ERLI) of the Volunteer Lawyers Project

LOCATION: 197 Friend St., 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02114

SALARY: Starting at $36,000 commensurate with experience


SUMMARY OF POSITION: 

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Greater Boston, primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys. Eastern Region Legal Intake is a project of VLP that provides callers with information, advice, and referrals; screens clients for legal aid eligibility; and conducts intakes in legal aid priority cases.


This is a permanent, full-time staff position on the intake phone line. 


QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING:
REQUIRED:
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Bilingual; fluent in English and Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin or Cantonese. 
PREFERRED:
  • Prior experience working in legal aid, the court system or a law office that handles civil cases.
  • Prior experience with an organization serving low-income populations.
  • Prior experience working with victims of crimes.

KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE:
REQUIRED:
  • Microsoft Office Suite
PREFERRED:
  • Knowledge of MA laws surrounding Housing, Family Law, Benefits and Consumer
 
PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
REQUIRED:
  • Heavy use of computer and phone
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently communicate over the phone

MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
REQUIRED:
  • Ability to learn and retain information quickly
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to learn and use case management and phone systems


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
  • Conduct intakes and provide legal information and referrals over the intake line.
  • Coordinate and manage Advice Panels (scheduling volunteer attorneys to call and advise clients)
  • Staff VLP court based clinics
  • Update changes to Intake Priorities and Questionnaires
  • Conduct community outreach
  • General administrative work such as data gathering, scanning and filing
  • Other duties as determined by Program needs


Please submit resume and cover letter here by September 14, 2018.


Volunteer Lawyers Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Benefits

Competitive benefits package.

Level of Language Proficiency

Requirement: Bilingual; fluent in English and Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin or Cantonese. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree


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